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Archives for May 2014

Isla Vista Gunman Leaves Behind Chilling Manifesto, YouTube Video

Sat, May 24, 2014

We have been learning more about the young man identified as the gunman by his family, and by Santa Barbara County authorities. There is a written manifesto, and a YouTube video left behind by Elliot Rodger. KCLU’s Lance Orozco says the rambling, five minute video in which Rodger talks to a camera set up in Read the Rest…


Condolences Pouring In Over Isla Vista Shootings

Sat, May 24, 2014

Expressions of sympathy are coming in from around the country to Friday night’s attacks in Isla Vista. California Governor Jerry Brown says he and his wife Anne were saddened to hear about the senseless rampage.  He says that their thoughts, and prayers go out to those mourning the loss of their loved ones. Captain Mark Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Gunman In Isla Vista Shooting Rampage Which Left Seven Dead Acted Alone

Sat, May 24, 2014

Authorities are still trying to unravel the series of shootings which left seven people dead, and seven injured in Isla Vista. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a gun has been recovered, and investigators believe the man responsible for the incident acted alone. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Shooting Update


Authorities Trying To Sort Out Details Of Isla Vista Shooting Rampage Which Left Seven Dead, Seven Injured

Sat, May 24, 2014

It was a night of horror, and tragedy in Isla Vista, as seven people, including the gunman died, and seven others were injured as the result of a shooting rampage. It started just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, with reports of shots being fired.  Responding Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies quickly found shooting victims, and heard Read the Rest…


Seven Dead, Seven Wounded In What Santa Barbara County Sheriff Is Calling Mass Murder In Isla Vista

Sat, May 24, 2014

Seven people, including a suspected gunman are dead, and seven other wounded in what Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is calling a mass murder in Isla Vista. Brown says it appears that a little after 9 p.m. Friday, a man in a car armed with a gun drove through the downtown Isla Vista loop, Read the Rest…


Multiple Deaths, Injuries Reported From Rampage In Isla Vista

Fri, May 23, 2014

Multiple deaths and injuries are being reported from a rampage in Isla Vista Friday night. It was a very confusing situation, with at least three crime scenes reported, and authorities not confirming the exact number of deaths and injuries.  Incidents were reported at three separate locations around 9:30 Friday night. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports that Read the Rest…


Rampage Reported In Isla Vista With Multiple Injuries

Fri, May 23, 2014

Isla Vista was been hit by a crime rampage Friday night, with some shots fired.. There  were incidents at three locations in the community at around 9:30 p.m.  It’s still unclear as to what happened, and there is no confirmed word of injuries or arrests.


Pilot Killed In Ventura County Helicopter Crash; Accident Starts Brush Fire

Fri, May 23, 2014

One person is dead after a helicopter crash Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports investigators are trying to figure out what led to the accident. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Helicopter Crash


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Says There Are Issues With New Road On Central Coast

Fri, May 23, 2014

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says there are problems with an intersection for a long sought new traffic artery in the Santa Maria Valley which just opened a few months ago. After receiving a complaint from the public, the Grand Jury looked at visibility concerns at an intersection on the new Union Read the Rest…


State Assembly Members In Region Differ Over Proposed Tax Break For Olympic Medalists

Fri, May 23, 2014

Two state assembly members in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties got into a tiff over a proposal to exempt Olympic medal winners from paying taxes on the honorary payments they receive with their medals. Republic Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is sponsoring a bill which would exempt Olympic medalists from paying taxes on their cash Read the Rest…


Caltrans Gets Nearly One Million Dollars For 101 Freeway Improvements In Santa Barbara County

Fri, May 23, 2014

Caltrans is going to get close to a million dollars to improve safety on a heavily used section of the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County. The California Transportation Commission allocated more than $980,000 for new overhead signs, and better lighting on a section of the 101 from Quarantina Street in Santa Barbara, to around Read the Rest…


Ventura County Task Forces Helps With Dozen Plus Arrests Today In Connection With Auto Fraud Ring

Fri, May 23, 2014

A Ventura County task force was involved with the arrest of more than a dozen people today who are accused of running an organized fraud ring targeting auto dealers, and insurance companies. State Department of Insurance officials say the 18 people involved in the operation fraudulently purchased, or leased high end vehicles, staged accidents, collected Read the Rest…


One Man Killed In Helicopter Crash In Ventura County

Fri, May 23, 2014

A helicopter crash in Ventura County has left one man dead. The small two seat chopper went down shortly after 10 this morning, in the Santa Clara River bottom, about two miles from Santa Paula Airport. The helicopter apparently clipped some power lines, sparking a small brush fire, which burned more than a half acre Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Plea To Possession Of Child Pornography Charge

Fri, May 23, 2014

A Ventura County man could face up to a year in jail, and five years probation after prosecutors say he entered a guilty plea to a charge he possessed child pornography. The Ventura County DA’s office says Roger Dell Sutton also admitted trying to interfere with investigators by accessing his computer as they were serving Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fire Department Using Remote Controlled “Eye In The Sky” To Gather Information

Fri, May 23, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has been using a small drone to help gather information at a major fire, and some other local events. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Quad Chopper


Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Visiting Ventura County For Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, May 23, 2014

A special memorial visiting Ventura County this Memorial Day weekend will help people remember the men, and women who paid the ultimate price serving America in the Vietnam War. For the first time, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. will visit Simi Valley.  The mobile memorial includes the names of Read the Rest…


Goleta Accepting Applications For Unexpected City Council Vacancy

Thu, May 22, 2014

The search is on for a new City Council member in Goleta, and if you live in the city, it could potentially be you. The Goleta City Council has started to accept applications for an unexpected vacancy. Council member Ed Easton moved out of the city, which meant that he head to step down. He Read the Rest…


Tens Of Thousands Expected To Visit I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival On South Coast Memorial Day Weekend

Thu, May 22, 2014

A South Coast landmark is going to be turned into a giant outdoor art gallery this coming holiday weekend. The Santa Barbara Mission will be the scene of the 28th annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, a major community event which is also a huge fundraiser for arts programs in Santa Barbara county schools. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


House Of Representatives Passes Amendment By Santa Barbara Congresswoman To Help Military Families

Thu, May 22, 2014

The House of Representatives approved a defense spending legislation amendment authored by a Santa Barbara Congresswoman to help military families with  breastfeeding supplies, and counseling. The legislation by Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps would bring breastfeeding coverage for military families in line with what’s required in private insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Read the Rest…


South Coast Duplex Heavily Damaged By Fire

Thu, May 22, 2014

A South Coast duplex has been heavily damaged by a fire which displaced more than a dozen people. It happened just before nine last night, on the 100 block of East McFarlane Drive in Ventura.  A family in the lower unit was in the home’s living room when they smelled smoke, and discovered a wall Read the Rest…


Recurring Memorial On South Coast Beach To U.S. Casulaties In Recent Wars To Add New Issue

Thu, May 22, 2014

A recurring memorial on a South Coast beach to U.S. military members who died in recent wars is adding a new bent this holiday weekend. KCLU’s John Palminteri says it will also address some of the planet’s environmental concerns. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Arlington West


Santa Barbara Parolee Arrested For Home Invasion Robbery

Thu, May 22, 2014

A Santa Barbara parolee is now behind bars again, accused of kidnapping, burglary, and other charges in connection with a home invasion robbery in the city. Police say in March, a foreign exchange student mistakenly allowed the 36 year old man into a home on the 700 block of East Calle Laureles where she staying, Read the Rest…


Work Underway On New Central Coast Bridge

Thu, May 22, 2014

A construction project to replace a busy Santa Barbara County bridge is now underway. Work started this week to replace the Black Road Bridge, north of Highway 1 in Orcutt. The current bridge isn’t wide enough, and doesn’t meet current standards. Traffic is being rerouted around the scene while the new bridge is being built. Read the Rest…


Voting Rights Focus Of Community Forum In Santa Barbara Thursday Night

Wed, May 21, 2014

The ability to vote is considered to be a basic right, but it still remains an issue for some people around the country. A community forum sponsored by the Martin Luther King Junior Committee of Santa Barbara is going to explore the concern. UC Santa Barbara Professor Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval will speak at Thursday  night’s forum. Read the Rest…


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hit By Rustlers; Four Arrested

Wed, May 21, 2014

Police say they’ve nabbed some livestock rustlers on the Central Coast in an unlikely place, with an unlikely target. Cal Poly Police say they received a report Tuesday morning that a sheep had been stolen from one of the university’s livestock areas.  Officers conducted an investigation, and were able to track down the stolen animal Read the Rest…


Three Key Redevelopment Agency Properties In Isla Vista Transferred To Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 21, 2014

It’s official. Three former properties owned by a redevelopment agency on the South Coast have officially been transferred to Santa Barbara County. The state’s dissolution of redevelopment agencies had put the future of a building used by the Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic, a former church, and a solar car parking lot up in the air. Read the Rest…


Man In Standoff With SWAT Team In San Luis Obispo Surrenders

Wed, May 21, 2014

A nearly two hour long SWAT team incident on the Central Coast ended peacefully, after a man sought by authorities surrendered. The incident started at around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when officers tried to arrest a man wanted on a warrant in Pismo Beach at a home on the 100 block of Stenner Street, in San Read the Rest…


Central Coast Gang Member Sentenced To Nearly Three Decades Behind Bars For Multiple Shootings

Wed, May 21, 2014

A Central Coast gang member has been sentenced to nearly three decades in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say in 2009, and again in 2010, Martin Contreras of Santa Maria tried to shoot rival gang members. In the second incident, there was a wild car chase, with multiple Read the Rest…


Voters In One Ventura County Community Going To Be Asked To Approve Sales Tax Hike

Wed, May 21, 2014

Voters in one Ventura County community are going to be asked to approve a sale tax hike to provide more funding for public safety, and street maintenance. The Santa Paula City Council approved a proposal calling for increasing the city’s sales tax from 7.5%, to 8.5%.  If voters approve the plan which will be on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Ask For Study, Put Off Decision On Placing Anti-Fracking Initiative On Ballot

Wed, May 21, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are wrangling with what to do with a proposed ballot measure which would ban onshore fracking, as well as some other oil, and gas drilling practices. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fracking Initiative


Task Force Trying To Reduce Collisions With Trains On Central, South Coasts

Wed, May 21, 2014

A task force is working in Santa Barbara County today, and Ventura County for the rest of the week to try to raise awareness about the dangers of being hit by trains. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the team is enforcing often ignored, or misunderstood right of way restrictions. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Peeking Incident In Ventura County

Wed, May 21, 2014

A Ventura County man sheriff’s deputies say is a registered sex offender has been arrested, after investigators say he set up a chair in the backyard of a Thousand Oaks home, and watched a teenage girl through a window. Deputies say they received a call at about one a.m. Monday, about a man in the Read the Rest…


New Conservation Land Bank Providing Protection For Some Undeveloped Land In Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 21, 2014

A huge chunk of land in Santa Barbara County is now being permanently preserved from development, thanks to a new a new process called a conservation bank. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Conservation Bank


Two Political Veterans Face Off In Santa Barbara County Supervisorial Race

Wed, May 21, 2014

Two political veterans are facing off for a county supervisorial seat on the South Coast in the June 3rd election. The winner will represent parts of western Santa Barbara, and the eastern Goleta Valley for the next four years. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the candidates in our ongoing series of special reports looking at Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Arrested After Car Chase, Crash In Ventura County

Tue, May 20, 2014

An early morning effort to stop a car which police say was being drive erratically ended with a chase, and crash in eastern Ventura County. Simi Valley Police spotted the car at around 3:30 a.m. near Royal Avenue, and tried to make a traffic stop. The driver sped away, leading to a pursuit which ended Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Issues Stage Two Drought Declaration

Tue, May 20, 2014

The City of Santa Barbara has declared a Stage Two drought. Today’s Santa Barbara City Council declaration means the city is imposing a mandatory 20% cut in water usage. The Stage Two restrictions include a number of requirements ranging from hoses being equipped with automatic shutoff nozzles, to no draining of pools by more than Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Deadlocks On Proposal To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags, But Could Revisit Issue

Tue, May 20, 2014

The City of Ventura won’t be banning on single use plastic bags, at least for now. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Ventura City Council last night deadlocked on a proposal to impose restrictions. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Bag Ban Proposal


Unconventional Patrol Vehicle Helping To Keep Streets Of South Coast Neighborhood Safe

Tue, May 20, 2014

An unconventional patrol vehicle is being used to help deter crime in one South Coast community. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Golf Cart Patrols


Youth Theater Group In Ventura County Gets National Recognition

Tue, May 20, 2014

A Ventura County based youth theater group is receiving national recognition for some of its work. Young Artists Ensemble of Thousand Oaks received 24 National Youth Arts Awards nominations for its productions of 42nd Street, and Willy Wonka.  It won seven awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles this weekend. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation Intended To Help Some Terminally Ill Veterans

Tue, May 20, 2014

A South Coast Congresswoman has introduced legislation intended to help terminally ill veterans with housing. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village introduced the Guarantee Housing for Terminally Ill Veterans Act. It helps make money more readily available for veterans to buy, build, or retrofit homes if they have certain services related disabilities. Current law Read the Rest…


Report Of Gunfire Near UCSB Apparently Truned Out To Be Nothing

Tue, May 20, 2014

UCSB Police, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating reports of a possible shooting at an off campus housing facility. There was a report of gunfire around 10 a.m. in the area of the West Campus Point housing project, which is on university land, but off the main campus. So far, there are no Read the Rest…


Military Helping To Build Facilities At National Search Dog Training Center In Ventura County

Tue, May 20, 2014

Army, and Navy units are spearheading a unique construction project in a remote Ventura County canyon. They are helping to build key props for a national training center for search dog teams. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s a collaboration which is helping military units train, while improving America’s preparedness to deal with disasters like earthquakes, Read the Rest…


Goleta Holds Community Meeting Tonight To Get Comments On Efforts To Choose New City Manager

Tue, May 20, 2014

Residents of one South Coast community are being asked to help with the process of choosing a new City Manager. Goleta is hosting a town hall meeting tonight, to get comments on what people would like to see in a new city manager. The city is looking for a replacement for Dan Singer, who recently Read the Rest…


Director Of HBO Documentary About Oxnard School Shooting To Speak In Ventura County

Mon, May 19, 2014

It was a shocking incident in Ventura County which made international headlines. A middle school student in Oxnard shot to death a classmate, a tragedy which involved issues ranging from gender identity to bullying. The director of Valentine Road, an HBO documentary which looked at the February, 2008 killing of Larry King by Brandon McInerney Read the Rest…


Two Sent To Central Coast Hospitals With Serious Cuts After Brawl At Wedding Reception

Mon, May 19, 2014

A wedding reception on the Central Coast took an ugly turn when a fight sent two people to the hospital with severe cuts. It happened at about 9 p.m. Saturday, on the 100 block of Main Street in Pismo Beach. Pismo Beach Police were called to the scene by reports of a disturbance at the Read the Rest…


Longtime Head Of United Way In Ventura County To Retire

Mon, May 19, 2014

The longtime head of the United Way in Ventura County is going to retire. David Smith is going to step down as President, and CEO in December, after more than a dozen years with the non-profit agency. Before that, Smith worked in the newspaper business for three decades, including ten years with the Ventura County Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Calls For Beefing Up County’s Airborne Firefighting Capability

Mon, May 19, 2014

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says Ventura County firefighters did a remarkable job in preventing the loss of homes from the Springs Brush fire last May, but that the fire might have been stopped sooner if the county had more firefighting aircraft available. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Increased Fire Restrictions Now Take Effect In Los Padres National Forest

Mon, May 19, 2014

The increased brush, and forest fire danger due to the hot, dry weather we’ve been having means additional fire restrictions are now in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. Wood and charcoal fires have been banned in all areas of the national forest, except for designated campgrounds. People with California Campfire permits can use Read the Rest…


Protecting Environment Focus Of Weekend Events On South Coast Beaches

Mon, May 19, 2014

Protecting the environment was the theme of some weekend events on South Coast beaches. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  Hands Across The Sand


Tens Of Thousands Turn Out For Finish Of Amgen Tour Of California In Ventura County

Mon, May 19, 2014

Fans around the world watched it live on television, but tens of thousands of people were on hand to see the end of America’s largest cycling race live in person in Ventura County. The final stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California was in the Conejo Valley, and when it was over, Olympic Gold Read the Rest…


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